Charities & Patronages

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Charities & Patronages

2011 | The Royal Foundation
The Royal Foundation revolves around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community. The Duchess of Cambridge became the third Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince William in 2012. This section also includes Catherine’s projects launched through The Royal Foundation like Mentally Healthy Schools, Heads Together, and in 2021 the launch of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

Years: 2011 – 2019 | Years: 2020 – 2021

2011 | The Charities Forum
The Charities Forum, not to be confused with The Royal Foundation brings Their Royal Highness’s individual charitable interests together and explores how they can best lend their support to them all in an effective and efficient way. The Charities Forum does not provide financial support to these charities.

2012 | National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery was one of Catherine’s first patronages. The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery in London housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people.

2012 | The Scout Association
Catherine is a volunteer for The Scout Association. The Scouts help develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

2012 | The Art Room
Place2Be and the Art Room merged in January 2018.

2012 | East Anglia’s Children Hospice
East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) is a charity that supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They provide care and support wherever the family wishes (in families’ own homes, in hospital or at one of ther hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham).

2012 | Action On Addiction
Action on Addiction is a charity which takes action to disarm addiction through research, prevention, treatment, family support, professional education and training.

2013 | 100 Women In Finance
100 Women In Finance has worked with the Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to support one of the Forum’s charities each year.

2013 | Place2Be
Place2Be works in schools providing early intervention mental health support, without stigmatising children, young people or families and at a point where they need it most.

2013 | SportsAid
SportsAid helps the sports stars of tomorrow today by giving them cash awards during the defining early years of their careers.

2013 | Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum’s vision is to advance their knowledge of the natural world, inspiring better care of our planet. The Museum’s mission is to maintain and develop their collections, and use them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.

2014 | The 1851 Trust
The 1851 Trust will inspire and engage a new generation into the sport of sailing, providing them with the skills and training to become the innovators of the maritime technology of the future.

2015 | The Air Cadet Organisation
Youth aviation organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force in the UK. Catherine is a Honorary Air Commandant.

2015 | Anna Freud Centre
Anna Freud Centre is a charity which transforms the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health issues by carrying out research, developing and offering services, teaching and training.

2016 | All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Tennis club based in Wimbledon, London, which stages the annual Wimbledon tennis championships.

2016 | The Lawn Tennis Association
Body which promotes the sport of tennis through funding training, competitions and facilities.

2016 | Action For Children
Runs over 400 projects for some of the UK’s most vulnerable and excluded children and young people. It helps and supports people in areas as diverse as disability respite therapy, foster care, adoption and child neglect.

2018 | Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve health care for women everywhere, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s health care worldwide.

2018 | Nursing Now Campaign (2018 – 2020)
Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. Raising the profile of nursing globally – releasing potential of nurses to deliver Universal Health Coverage; improve lives of women; strengthen local economies.

2018 | Victoria And Albert Museum (V&A)
Their mission is to be recognised as the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, and to enrich people’s lives by promoting research, knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world to the widest possible audience.

2018 | Evelina London Children’s Hospital
The second largest provider of children’s services in London. Evelina London provides comprehensive health services from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life caring for not only local families but also providing an extensive range of specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions.

2019 | The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery.

2019 | The Royal Photographic Society
The Royal Photographic Society is one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography.

2019 | Family Action
Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country working with local and national services and support professionals and organisations through training and consultancy provision.

2020 | NHS Charities
The Association of NHS Charities, operating as NHS Charities Together, is a federation of over 250 charitable organisations that support the National Health Service, its staff, volunteers and patients, in the United Kingdom. The charity came to increased prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 | The Forward Trust
Action on Addiction was one of The Duchess’s first Patronages in 2012 and its services will continue to run through The Forward Trust. The merged charities have joined forces to strengthen their ability to meet increased demand for help arising from lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to continue their mission to support families and children impacted by addiction in order to end the cycle of harm.

The Duke of Cambridge’s Charities & Patronages

Since getting married in 2011 The Duchess of Cambridge has shown her support for Prince William and his charities and patronages by joining him on a number of engagements that bring awareness to the causes close to his heart. These are not Catherine’s personal charities and patronages, but Prince William’s.

2005 | Centrepoint
Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. Centrepoint provides accommodation, health support and life skills to 16-25 year olds to get them back into education, training and employment.

2005 | Tusk Conservation
Tusk Conservation works with successful local organisations, supporting and nurturing their conservation programmes to accelerate growth from an innovative idea to a scalable solution. They believe strategic conservation can empower local communities and improve livelihoods. Tusk Conservation supports and promotes effective environmental education designed to provide a more sustainable future for the next generation.

2006 | Football Association
The Football Association is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. It’s the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

2007 | Royal Marsden Hospital
With its academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), The Royal Marsden is the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating over 50,000 NHS and private patients every year.

2009 | Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

2010 | British Academy of Film and Television Arts
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts – BAFTA – is a world-leading independent arts charity. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia.

2010 | Fields In Trust
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.

2010 | Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is a family of five museums and historic sites covering war and conflict from the First World War to the present day.